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Ricky Goad

July 23, 1954 ~ December 20, 2019 (age 65)


James Richard Goad (Ricky) was born in Lebanon, TN to James Baxter Goad and Anne Lee Goad.  He was the only boy with five sisters Joyce, Donna, Debra, Brenda and Angie.  He was raised on a farm with cattle and horses and loved riding horses.  He played football and also loved tinkering with motorcycles and he even holds a world record on his motorcycle.  His mom would even let him bring motorcycles in the house. 

He married Sandy Hall Goad when he was twenty years old and together they had daughter Tammy Michele and eight years later had James Daniel Goad.  Ricky worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department before he started driving a dump truck for the family business.  He later started working at Mu Inc. and was a Supervisor for a road construction crew that traveled all over the United States. Ricky and Sandy divorced shortly after Daniel was born.  Sandy died December 1988. 

Ricky met Kelly Kovach shortly after and they had James Nicholas Goad.  They never married but were together seven years and separated when Nick was five years old.  Kelly has also passed away.

He continued to work out of state and was working in Washington when he met Tamie Van Geystel in August 1993.  They made a home together back in Lebanon, TN and had a daughter Bridget Anne in 1996.  They married in June 1997 and purchased a home on Old Rome Pike. By this time, his oldest child Tammy had married and had three daughters of her own which made Ricky a Papa, McKenzie, Andreea and Gracie.  Nick also had two daughters Natalie and Izzy.  Andreea had a son Ellius in 2017 which made him a Great Grandpa.  Ricky and his wife Tamie had a special relationship.  Though they loved each other very much, they had different outlooks on life and wanted different things.  They sold the house in 2004 and Tamie and their daughter Bridget moved back to Washington.  Ricky moved to a rental in town where he lived until he passed.  He and Tamie continued to stay married and talked weekly while still remaining close. 


On the morning of September 9, 2019 he began having chest pains and called his brother–in-law Junior Tisdale to take him to the Vanderbilt Hospital ER in Lebanon.  He stayed in ICU for a couple of months before he was taken to a Long Term Care Facility in Nashville, TN.  He decided he wanted to end his treatment in December while at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. He was only 65 years old.


Ricky enjoyed many things in life.  He enjoyed simple things like mowing the yard, grilling hot wings and watching football.  He liked watching movies, especially scary movies.  He had several nice guns that he enjoyed shooting. However, his greatest joy was his music.  He loved music.  His stereo equipment was nothing less than spectacular.  He listened to anything from classical to the blues to classic rock.  He was also a man of family.  As he got older, he really spent a lot of time with his sisters and his mother before she passed earlier in the year.  He loved seeing his children and grandchildren.  He is truly loved and will be missed by many.

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